Piano (Grades 6 & 7)
First prize winner at the International Competition “Franz Schubert” in Rousse, pianist Petya Stavreva is working on her DMA at Western with Prof. Kinton, under the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Don Wright Graduate Entrance scholarship, and the Sherwood Fox Music Scholarship. She finished her Master’s Degree with Prof. Anton Nel at the University of Texas at Austin, where she received full scholarship and grant support from Canada Arts Council and the Webb Trust Fund from the Glenn Gould School. Before that, she was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for ten weeks.
Petya has been an active solo and collaborative pianist in Toronto, where she also adjudicated for the Kiwanis Music Festival in 2014. She completed her Artist Diploma with James Anagnoson at the Glenn Gould School on full scholarship, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto with James Parker and Marietta Orlov. She also attended the Young Artist Performance Academy in Toronto (now known as the Taylor Academy), with full scholarship, studying with Arshalouis Nersessian.
Petya has been a prize winner of numerous competitions in Canada and Europe, and has performed concertos with the Toronto Sinfonietta Orchestra. Her upcoming projects include concerts in London ON, as well as a recording project to be completed by 2019. She also collaborates with her husband Todd Yaniw for two-piano concerts.
She has played in masterclasses for artists such as Vadym Kholodenko, John Perry, Mark Steinberg, Christian Tetzlaff, Andre Laplante and Jon Kimura Parker, among others. Past festivals include Bowdoin Music Festival as a collaborative Fellow, Young Artist Program in Ottawa, the Banff Chamber and Solo Residency, Nice Academy in France, and Toronto Summer Music Festival.